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Leaked image of the Galaxy S IV  (Source: evleaks)
Plastic likely to be used extensively in the Galaxy S IV

The Samsung Galaxy S III is been incredibly popular smartphone for Samsung. One of the more common complaints that users have had about the device is that it feels rather flimsy thanks to the plastic case. Other high-end smartphones, such as the iPhone 5 and HTC One, use aluminum, giving the devices a more solid feel.

We’re sure there a lot of people out there were hoping that the Galaxy S IV might move to a more rigid metal frame, but CNET reports that the S IV won’t stray far from the design philosophy implemented on the Galaxy S III. According to Samsung executive vice president of mobile business Y.H. Lee, when Samsung looks at the materials it wants to use it doesn't only think about the aesthetics and quality, it also looks at how quickly and efficiently can you make the device.

Thin plastic frames and bodies would certainly be easier and cheaper to develop and manufacture. Samsung is also said to have had conversations about maintaining a removable back allowing the battery to be removed. Samsung maintains that using a thin and flexible plastic back cover for their devices makes it more durable than other smartphones. This claim comes from the fact that the thinner and flexible plastic can bend to better absorb a physical impact.
The Samsung executive stopped short of saying whether or not the Galaxy S IV would use plastic or move to more premium materials such as metal or even polycarbonate. 

Source: CNET

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RE: Plastic phones last longer...
By kmmatney on 3/6/2013 7:19:15 PM , Rating: 2
I have an iPhone 4S - the nice thing about the aluminum and glass backing is that the phone still looks brand new after 16 months. It looks like I've kept it in a drawer and never used it. So should be easy to resell. However it's pretty heavy, and I can't see using anything like this with a bigger screen. I think you really have to go plastic with something the size of the GS3 or Note II (which is the screen size I'm aiming fro for my next phone).

RE: Plastic phones last longer...
By Motoman on 3/7/2013 12:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
My lowly T-Mo MyTouch 4G still looks brand-new after the same period of use. And it's all plastic.

RE: Plastic phones last longer...
By woody1 on 3/10/2013 12:27:25 PM , Rating: 2
Ditto for my Galaxy S3. Still looks like new, because it's in a protective case. Even if the back of the phone was scrached, I could replace it with a brand new one from Amazon for $12. And here's the big thing: I can replace the battery with a new one any time I want.

I've seen many, many people walking around with iPhones with cracked screens. I'd worry more about that than about the back of the phone.

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